Petrol stations set for ‘big transformation’ as forecourts in decline across UK

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Pilgrim Beart, CEO of electric car charging experts at DevicePilot said oil companies were “looking to the future” which could change forecourts. He warned some petrol stations may even become “all-electric forecourts” as more take up the new vehicles.

Speaking to, he said: “Petrol stations are not disappearing in huge numbers just yet

“But there is a big transformation coming with EV’s so we will see what happens.”

He added: “The big oil companies are definitely looking to the future.

“You see Shell, BP, buying up the companies that are deploying EV chargepoints because it’s a different model and it’s much more distributed.”

His comments come after data from the Office for National Statistics shows a decline in petrol pumps across the country.

Their new Official Labour Market statistics show the number of local/specialised petrol stations had decreased over the last decade.

Over 1,000 have been lost over the past 10 years as the number of forecourts dropped from 5,280 in 2011 to 4,120 in 2021.

Meanwhile, data from ZapMap shows there are now 44,924 electric car connectors on 26,217 devices.

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They suggest these are now available at over 16,000 locations in the UK, almost treble the number of petrol stations.

Just over 3,000 of these areas now have rapid charging bays installed which can top-up cars within minutes.

Mr Beart even suggested owners would soon no longer need to visit a central forecourt to top-up.

He said “most vehicles” were “charged overnight” from home which saves drivers the journey from visiting forecourts.

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